Education secretary slams No Child Left Behind

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 8, 2011 21:20 EDT
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan blasted the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 on Monday after the White House announced that it would allow states to opt-out of the law.

“The law No Child Left Behind as it currently stands is four years overdue for being rewritten,” he said. “It is far too punitive, it is far too prescriptive, led to a dumbing-down of standards, led to a narrowing of the curriculum. At a time when we have to get better, faster education than we ever have, we can’t afford to have the law of the land be one that has so many perverse incentives or disincentives for the kind of progress we want to see.”

The law was originally proposed by the administration of George W. Bush. It targets underperforming schools and sanctions those that don’t meet set federal standards.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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